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Old 07-08-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Adding a refugium

Hey everybody. I am considering taking an extra 10 gallon tank I have laying around and making a little refugium under my 150 gal. mixed reef. I plan on running the refugium separate from my sump because my sump is basically full.

What I plan on doing is putting the 10 gallon up on a small stand so that it is able to siphon water out of the refugium and back into the sump with a simple overflow. Then I can just pump water into the refugium from the sump either by the T-joint I have on the return line of the main sump pump, or by adding a small power head into the sump and pumping the water up and into the refugium.

I have never done one of these venturi siphon type overflow boxes.

What is there to know? If the water source stops pumping water into the refugium, then the siphon will break? And then, if the power comes back on it floods. Right? So how do you handle this situation?

Anything else I should know about my plan?
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Why not simply have the 10 g drilled on one side, then connect pvc piping from the 10g to your sump. This way your overflow will empty into the 10g, then flow into your sump.....completely avoiding the need for a syphon break
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that works also, or just [moderator edit] the fuge to the sump if you have the space to section it off.

i would go larger then a 10g though, that is small for a 150g
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that works also, or just [moderator edit] the fuge to the sump if you have the space to section it off.

i would go larger then a 10g though, that is small for a 150g
Normally I'd say 10g is def too small but wouldn't it work in combination with a sump?
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That size tank I would go with a 20L or a 29g. The more space the more benefit.
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well in most cases, peopel incorperate a fuge and a sump together, limiting the space of the fuge and the ammont of LR and micro and macro algae you can put in to reduce the water polutions.

in a sump really all you need is a place for your heater skimmer and return pump so a 20g may work depending on the skimmer size and the fuge should be as big as you can fit and as much as you can afford.
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10g is def big enough for a fuge as you have a sump as well,I too would just drill the 10g and have it drain into the sump via gravity if you can have it higher than the sump and just add a tee from your sump supply to feed the fuge.
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10g is def big enough for a fuge as you have a sump as well,I too would just drill the 10g and have it drain into the sump via gravity if you can have it higher than the sump and just add a tee from your sump supply to feed the fuge.
Couldn't his overflow just empty into the fuge? That way he could avoid having to plumb in a t.
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Couldn't his overflow just empty into the fuge? That way he could avoid having to plumb in a t.
you can do that but you'll have the full flow going through the fuge,normally you want a slower flow so you use a t with a valve on it to throttle it down.
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Good call, completely forgot that part....
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